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Hi I'm Bryce

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a bald guy with a beard, married for 34 years. Our only child a son who just graduated college. He is a delight to us. I work as a hydrologist and my wife teaches, but in past years (we like to say "in a former life") we were farmers. I like to hike and take pictures, and dream of traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

Mom was Mormon and Dad was not, and their agreement was that whenever they lived within 20 miles of a church, we could attend. The happened when I was seven years old, in a little farming community on the edge of the desert in Idaho. I attended a children's organization called "Primary," and my teacher was a grandmotherly lady who loved us and dearly loved Jesus. Our course of study that year was the New Testament and she brought the stories to life. In my childlike way, I knew that what she said was true. I decided to be a Mormon and have stuck to my decision through thick and thin. As I've grown and learned more and more about the Gospel and my Savior, the Spirit of God has confirmed my faith and decision. There are many things I don't know or understand. But I know that Jesus lives and loves me. He is my Savior. I feel it throughout my being. I know He restored His church through the prophet Joseph. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true scriptures from God. The Spirit whispers that they are true. They bring me closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, and participate in church activities. I believe that to serve in the church we must be called of God, by inspiration, so whenever the local Bishop has asked me to serve, I have accepted. When I was younger I taught children or teenagers. I've worked with the boy scouts and I've worked as a lay missionary in the evenings. As a 19-year old I served a two-year mission for the church, which was a highlight of my life. More recently I've taught adults and I've served in leadership positions. Leadership is very difficult for me and I feel inadequate, but I serve because I believe the call has come from God. He has been so good to me that I want to respond to all His invitations. The church functions with an unpaid lay ministry, so all my church service (except my two-year full time mission, financed largely by myself with help from family and friends) has been while I've worked full time. At times it has been a sacrifice but God is good and has never forgotten my service to Him. In my work and community life I try very hard to be honest and law abiding, to help other people when I can, and to make the world a better place.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The eventual purpose of our life is to return to Heavenly Father, having learned and grown through our earth life. While we are here on earth, the purpose of our life is to live and love, develop faith, and help one another. We come here to develop faith in our Savior and come to him, to experience the joy of family life and to become part of an eternal family. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The prophet's name is Thomas S. Monson. He was a sailor in World War II, and a printer by trade. The hallmark of his ministry has been to reach out to the elderly, lonely and needy. As a young missionary 20 years old I was able to meet him, while he was serving as an Apostle. When he speaks I feel the love of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

There is an old parable about a traveler who mocked the faith of his Arab guide. He would challenge, "Did you see God? Did you hear God?" One morning they awoke to camel tracks surrounding the camp. The traveler commented on the presence of camels in the night and the Arab quizzed, "Did you see a camel? Did you hear a camel? How do you know there was a camel?" The traveler responded that he knew by the tracks. Just then the sun came up. Pointing gently at the glorious sunrise, the guide said, "Behold the tracks of the Almighty." I too rejoice in all God's creation and find Him in it. Even more than this, I am convinced of the presence of God when I see all the various ways His children approach Him. When I lived in the middle east I delighted at the cry of the muezzin, and the gentle hospitality of the people I encountered. Stories of people like Ghandi, Mother Teresa and William Tyndale inspire me. And at special times in my life I feel his love and watchcare in a very personal way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

In 1991 one of the General Authorities (worldwide leaders) of the Church gave a talk comparing the Savior and Joseph Smith. He listed a number of surface similarities, such as both being born to righteous, God-fearing and humble parents. They similarly were called of God and served courageously, and both were eventually martyred. But there the similarity ends. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the perfect Son of God, the Author and Finisher of our salvation. Joseph Smith was just a man. One of the Church's books of scripture, the Doctrine and Covenants, records a number of sharp rebukes from God to Joseph. Joseph was a prophet and an instrument in the hands of God, yet a mere mortal. I honor Joseph for all he did. I love and worship my Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less